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  • House Intel Committee Dem Member: GOP chairman's revelations were 'trumped up'

    03/22/2017 2:33:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/22/2017 | Max Greenwood
    A Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday pushed back on revelations from the panel's Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), saying his claims of incidental U.S. surveillance of members of President Trump's transition team were "trumped up." "If, in fact, this took place, it was incidental and it was done through what is legally allowed by the CIA when they are surveilling foreign persons," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said during an appearance on MSNBC. "This could be a lot of theater – it looks very trumped up to me – but we'll have to wait and see," she added....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Was Board Member Of Firm Linked To Russian ‘Investors’

    03/22/2017 5:11:58 AM PDT · by maggief · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 21, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Rep. Louie Gohmert, an outspoken House Republican from Texas, is calling for a congressional investigation of John Podesta’s role with Rusnano, a state-run company founded by Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta — best known as Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign chairman and former President Bill Clinton’s White House chief of staff — first made contact with the Russian firm in 2011, when he joined the boards and executive committees of three related entities: Boston-based Joule Unlimited; Rotterdam-based Joule Global Holdings; Joule Global Stichting, the company’s controlling interest. All are high-tech renewable...
  • Halperin: ‘Completely Improper’ for Comey to Reveal Trump campaign/Russia investigation

    03/21/2017 7:36:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As the rest of the Morning Joe panel remained in three-alarm, apocalyptic mode this morning, there was one lonely voice bringing some balance to the discussion. MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin said it was “completely improper” of FBI Director James Comey to have revealed the existence of an ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Rejecting Mika Brzezinski’s suggestion that Comey was “compelled” to make the revelation, Halperin added that Comey “says the standard is, if the public is interested in something, I’ll reveal an ongoing probe. I’ve never heard of this standard. I think it’s a...
  • The FBI Interviewed The Trump Dossier Author A Lot Earlier Than Previously Believed

    03/21/2017 7:36:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 20, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    The ex-British spy who wrote the so-called Trump dossier briefed FBI agents on his research at the beginning of July, much earlier than previously believed. Weeks after the briefing with the retired spy, Christopher Steele, the FBI formally opened its investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian government. FBI director Jim Comey confirmed the existence and general date of the investigation during testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday. According to Yahoo! News, federal government sources said Steele briefed investigators on his findings on July 5. That was around two weeks after the ex-MI6...
  • Paul Manafort denies links to Russia after FBI director's testimony

    03/21/2017 7:27:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/2017 | BY JORDAN FABIAN
    President Trump’s former campaign chairman on Monday denied any ties to or contact with the Russian government after the FBI confirmed it is investigating Trump allies’ alleged links to Moscow. Paul Manafort said he “had no involvement” in Russia’s intervention in the 2016 presidential elections, including its email hacking of prominent Democratic groups and figures, and never spoke to Russian officials who claimed to be involved. “The suggestion that I ever worked in concert with anyone to release hacked emails or sought to undermine the interests of the United States is false,” he said in a statement. The former top...
  • "Hillary Clinton Sold 1/5th Of Our Uranium To Russia" Sean Spicer Slams Democrats

    03/21/2017 7:11:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | 03/20/17
    "Hillary Clinton Sold 1/5th Of Our Uranium To Russia" Sean Spicer Slams Democrats   sean spicer press briefing he gave a press conference at the white house he is the press secretary for president donald trump who gives news conference pretty often spicer slams democrats and hillary clinton in this one sean spicer can't comment on wiretap or fbi director james comey congress testimony because it was going on live while this press briefing was going on in the press room
  • N.K. agrees with Russia to expand labor exports

    03/20/2017 7:54:46 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 4 replies
    "The two countries intensively discussed an issue involving the North's labor exports during a meeting of their joint working group in Pyongyang Friday," Radio Free Asia said, citing a Facebook account of the Russian Embassy in the North Korean capital. The (North) Korean Central News Agency also made the same report Friday.
  • The Democrats are actively accusing the Russians of hacking, spying and disrupting our elections

    03/20/2017 12:23:29 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 111 replies
    The democrats are doing a full court press in trying to prove Russia influenced our elections. Ok, if true, why then was Russia so successful in hacking, spying and actively disrupting our democratic processes under President Obama? Complete intelligence breakdown or what? Obama's criminal negligence and incompetence? Obama/Hillary complicity? Obama sound asleep at the switch? Or what?
  • Putin's Real Syria Agenda

    03/20/2017 10:56:47 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 80 replies
    ISW - Institute for the Study of War ^ | 20 Mar 17 | Genevieve Casagrande and Kathleen Weinberger
    Key Takeaway: Russian President Vladimir Putin's primary objective in Syria is to constrain U.S. freedom of action - not fight ISIS and al Qaeda. Russia's military deployments at current levels will not enable the Iranian-penetrated Assad regime to secure Syria. Moscow's deepening footprint in Syria threatens America's ability to defend its interests across the Middle East and in the Mediterranean Sea. The next U.S. step in Syria must help regain leverage over Russia rather than further encourage Putin's expansionism. Russia's intervention in Syria in September 2015 fundamentally altered the balance of the Syrian Civil War.Russia re-established momentum behind Syrian President...
  • FLASHBACK: Bernie Sanders: We Need a "New NATO" that Includes Russia to Defeat ISIS (2015)

    03/20/2017 9:43:59 AM PDT · by tellw · 9 replies
    RT ^ | 11/20/2015 | Anonymous
    What is Democratic socialism? Bernie Sanders, often criticized for endorsing this political philosophy, explained that his view is in sync with America’s development. He also called for shifting foreign policy and creating a “new NATO” including Russia. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) spoke in front of an auditorium full of supporters at Georgetown University on Thursday, arguing that his endorsement of the much-vaunted political philosophy of democratic socialism makes him the genuine heir to long-held traditions of the Democratic Party, not a radical. In doing this, he invoked the name of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom Sanders said initiated programs to...
  • You probably didn’t notice, but Trump and Putin are rebuilding a mighty military alliance

    03/19/2017 10:11:26 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 35 replies
    National Post ^ | 03/20/2017 | Lawrence Solomon
    The Western press is preoccupied with demon Russia. We’re told that Russia through its tool, WikiLeaks, cost Hillary Clinton the election; ..... --------------------------------------- ....What isn’t conjecture is that there is now a dramatic warming of ties, a mutual respect and a military alliance between Russia and America not seen in decades. ------------------------------- The thaw in relations between the military superpowers began almost immediately after Trump’s inauguration,......“We reiterated that we have common, ... said a hopeful Lavrov, who lamented that relations between Russia and the U.S. “were seriously undermined by the Obama administration.” ---------------------------------- The meetings demonstrated the Trump administration’s competence,...
  • The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia by Aleksandr Dugin - Wikipedia

    03/19/2017 2:01:55 PM PDT · by WMarshal · 6 replies
    Synopsis on Wikipedia ^ | 1997 | Aleksandr Dugin
    The book declares that "the battle for the world rule of [ethnic] Russians" has not ended and Russia remains "the staging area of a new anti-bourgeois, anti-American revolution." The Eurasian Empire will be constructed "on the fundamental principle of the common enemy: the rejection of Atlanticism, strategic control of the USA, and the refusal to allow liberal values to dominate us." ..... In Europe: Germany should be offered the de facto political dominance over most Protestant and Catholic states located within Central and Eastern Europe. Kaliningrad oblast could be given back to Germany. The book uses the term "Moscow-Berlin axis"....
  • Understanding Russia

    03/19/2017 9:03:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 19, 2017 | Michael Curtis
    Russia is an easy country to enter. Procedures at Moscow's airport including passport control allow passengers a speedy departure from the airport, and the hour-long journey to the center of the city and hotel passes quickly along the six-lane highway. Similarly, the reception is pleasant at the hotel, and the imperfect facilities in the room are of little account. The first surprise is the availability in the hotel of various foreign newspapers or mimeographed versions of them, including those in English such as The New York Times, Le Figaro, and The Wall Street Journal, as well the local Moscow Times,...
  • Russia's Defense Budget Is Set to Shrivel

    03/18/2017 11:33:42 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies ^ | March 16, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    The defense budget of the Russian Federation is set to contract by twenty five percent, as the recession and sanctions-plagued country continues to tighten its belt. The situation will have serious implications for Russian military equipment modernization and for overseas operations such as Moscow's campaign in Syria. According to Jane's, Russia's defense budget will plunge from $65 billion to $48.4 billion dollars. Russia will go from the fourth largest spender on military hardware in the world to the eighth, behind India and France. The Kremlin was knocked from third place to fourth in 2016 by Saudi Arabia. When the cutting...
  • Russian space official found dead in prison cell

    03/18/2017 11:19:45 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Saturday, March 18, 2017 | AP
    <p>MOSCOW: A top official of Russia's space agency has been found dead in a prison where he was being held on charges of embezzlement.</p>
  • After Israeli Attack in Syria: Russia Summons Israel's Envoy for Clarifications

    03/18/2017 2:39:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/17/2017 | Barak Ravid
    Israel's ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry for clarifications Friday after Israel's air force attacked in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the statement. Ambassador Gary Koren, who filled his letter of credence to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, was called in for a talk with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on the recent developments in Syria, a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It is relatively rare for Israeli ambassadors to be summoned for such a talk in the wake of air force action...
  • Fox News Poll: Voters want congressional investigations into Russia

    03/17/2017 6:52:45 AM PDT · by granada · 44 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Match 16, 2017 | Dana Blanton
    Majorities of voters think Congress should investigate if Russia interfered with the election and allegations of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. That’s according to the latest Fox News Poll, taken amidst a new volley of allegations of ties between Trump and Russia, and wiretapping of Trump Tower. Sixty-six percent want a Congressional investigation into Russia’s attempts to influence the election, and 63 percent want lawmakers to look into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  • Michael Flynn Was Paid More Than $67,000 By Russian Firms, New Documents Show

    03/17/2017 5:21:11 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 66 replies
    TIME ^ | 16 MAR 17 | Stephen Braun and Chad Day
    Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was paid more than $67,000 by Russian companies before the presidential election, according to documents released Thursday by a Democratic congressman. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland asked the Trump administration to provide a comprehensive record of Flynn's contacts with foreign governments and interests. Flynn accepted $33,750 from Russia's government-run television system for appearing at a Moscow event in December 2015 — a few months before Flynn began formally advising President Donald Trump's campaign — and thousands more in expenses covered by the network and in speech fees from other Russian firms, according to the...
  • Maxine Waters Creates Graphic to Show Trump’s ‘Kremlin Klan’

    03/17/2017 4:49:25 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 42 replies ^ | 3/16/17 | Jack Heretik
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) has previously accused President Donald Trump of being part of a "Kremlin Klan" beholden to Russian interests, but she took the charge a step further on Thursday, disseminating a graphic she created of Trump associates who she has deemed part of this group. The graphic, with Moscow in the background and an image of Russian President Vladimir Putin looming overhead, pictures several senior Trump administration officials and other associates of the American president labeled with their names. Waters tweeted out the image from her official account, with the note "Prepared by Rep. Maxine Waters" in...
  • Circa News reporters talk Trump Tower server investigation

    03/17/2017 1:41:03 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-16-2017 | Hannity
    Mar. 16, 2017 - 6:11 - Sara Carter and John Solomon provide insight on 'Hannity'
  • Former Obama CIA director Mike Morell: No collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

    03/16/2017 3:07:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2017 | AllahPundit
    This is the same Mike Morell who helped prepare the infamous administration talking points on Benghazi used by Susan Rice, and who published an op-ed last August titled, “I Ran the C.I.A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton.” Citing Trump’s endless apologetics for Putin in that piece, he wrote, “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” Not a guy, in other words, who would naturally be eager to dismiss suspicions about Trump staffers conspiring with Russia to meddle in the campaign against Hillary. Yet here...
  • Rand Paul: McCain ‘past his prime,’ maybe ‘unhinged’

    03/16/2017 6:25:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 78 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Payback is a . . . Rand Paul. After John McCain, speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin,” Paul had a crushing comeback on today’s Morning Joe. Said Paul, “he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.” View the video here.
  • Senile McCain On Rand Paul: “The Senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin”

    03/15/2017 2:13:52 PM PDT · by nodwam · 80 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 03/15/2017 | Richard Saunders
    Senator McCain said Rand Paul ‘is now working for Vladimir Putin’ because Paul objected on the floor to Ukraine joining NATO. McCain, the notorious war hawk that never saw a rebel group he didn’t want to arm or a country he didn’t want to bomb, was in disbelief that a United States senator would not want to escalate tensions with Russia by bringing in Ukraine to NATO. Watch below:
  • Troubled waters: Norway keeps watch on Russia's Arctic manoeuvres

    03/15/2017 9:12:56 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Patrick Wintour
    If there is one place in Europe that could be most justifiably troubled by Donald Trump’s mysterious relationship with Moscow, it is the windswept coastal town of Bodř lying just inside the Arctic Circle in Norway. A few minutes’ drive north of Bodř, remote and deep in a vast cave chiselled out of a mountain of quartz and slate, lies Norway’s joint military headquarters, sometimes described as Nato’s northern gate. The headquarters, halfway between Oslo and Kirkenes, the town closest to Norway’s 122-mile (196km) land border with Russia, is the nerve centre of the country’s efforts to protect itself from...

    03/15/2017 8:13:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Orthodox Ethos ^ | 02-07-2017
    The number of abortions in Russia has been cut in half over the past four years, Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova told Interfax-Religion recently. Speaking at the conference “On creating conditions for increasing the birthrate in the Russian Federation,” the ministry head stated that they will continue working fervently to continue minimizing the rate: “We will, undoubtedly, proceed further in this direction. Over the past four years the number of abortions in our country has decreased twice over, so there is still room for movement, and we will be moving in that direction.” Skvortsova noted that 2016 was a “very...
  • Justice Department charging Russian spies and criminal hackers in Yahoo intrusion

    03/15/2017 7:38:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 15 March 2017 | Ellen Nakashima
    The Justice Department is set to announce Wednesday the indictments of two Russian spies and two criminal hackers in connection with the heist of 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, marking the first U.S. criminal cyber charges ever against Russian government officials. The indictments target two members of the Russian intelligence agency FSB, and two hackers hired by the Russians. The charges include hacking, wire fraud, trade secret theft and economic espionage, according to officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the charges have not yet been announced. The indictments are part of the largest hacking case...
  • Russia moving special forces into Libya

    03/14/2017 5:29:03 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 71 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/14/17 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say that Russia has apparently been moving special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, according to a report by Reuters. The U.S. is concerned that such a Russian deployment may signify Russian support for Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, who suffered a setback on March 3 when the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB) attacked oil ports controlled by his forces. U.S. officials claimed that their surveillance units had observed Russian special operations forces and unmanned aircraft at Sidi Barrani, which is about 100 km from the Egypt-Libya...
  • Vladimir Putin spokesman: Hillary Clinton associates met with Russian officials during campaign

    03/14/2017 7:49:11 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 5 replies
    AOL News ^ | 3/13/2017 | Staff
    As controversy around the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russia continues to swirl, the longtime spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated that people associated with Hillary Clinton had contact with the Russian ambassador as well. CNN host Fareed Zakaria asked Dmitry Peskov in an interview that aired on Sunday if Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak had meetings with Clinton campaign officials. Peskov responded, "Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind ... In no way it should be presented as...
  • Ka-52 attack helicopter deliveries to Egypt to begin in 2017

    03/14/2017 5:33:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Russian Helicopters is on track to deliver this year the first examples of the Kamov Ka-52 attack rotorcraft to export customer Egypt. Parent company Rostec confirms that the first of an eventual 46 Alligators will be handed over to Cairo this year. Dating from an order revealed in December 2015, the helicopters will operate from a pair of French-built Mistral-class amphibious assault ships acquired by the Egyptian navy. Russian Helicopters Flight Fleets Analyzer lists Algeria as the only other export buyer for the Ka-52, with an order for 12 aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019. Russian Helicopters holds...
  • Hillary Clinton's team met with Russian ambassador, says Kremlin spokesman, as he warns against

    03/13/2017 4:24:37 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 3/313/2017 | Harriet Alexander
    (Full article title: Hillary Clinton's team met with Russian ambassador, says Kremlin spokesman, as he warns against 'hysteria') Hillary Clinton’s team members met with the Russian ambassador during the election as well as Donald Trump’s, the Kremlin spokesman has alleged, as he set out to dismiss the “hysteria” surrounding Mr Trump’s links to Russia. The house intelligence committee will hold its first session on Russia on March 20, with the heads of the FBI, national security agency and CIA expected to appear, plus previous intelligence chiefs. But Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary for Vladimir Putin, said on Sunday that America...
  • McCain predicts ‘there’s a lot more shoes to drop’ on Trump-Russia connection

    03/13/2017 2:13:45 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 189 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2017 | Ben Wolfgan
    One of the Senate’s leading Republicans predicted Sunday that there are “a lot more shoes to drop” in the probe of President Trump’s connections to Russia and said Congress must call top Trump associates to Capitol Hill to testify. Sen. John McCain of Arizona told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that he remains troubled by growing evidence that leading aides to the president communicated with Russia throughout the presidential campaign last year. He specifically said longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, who admitted last week to having conversations with the hacking group that claimed responsibility for the breach of Democratic...
  • Kremlin Spokesman: Russian Ambassador Also Met with Clinton Campaign

    03/12/2017 7:45:18 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Mar 2017 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said in an interview that Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who met with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, also met with advisers to the Hillary Clinton campaign. “Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN’s GPS host Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. “There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”
  • Obama’s Intelligence Director Identifies One Part Of Trump Dossier That Is Accurate

    03/10/2017 8:03:16 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/17 | Chuck Ross
    President Obama’s director of national intelligence identified one claim made in the dossier on Donald Trump that U.S. officials have corroborated, though it is likely to underwhelm Trump’s critics.Speaking to ABC News this week, James Clapper said that officials have corroborated the part of the dossier that asserts that Russian president Vladimir Putin has a “rabid animus” for Bill and Hillary Clinton.But that’s all that Clapper would cite as decidedly accurate in the dossier, which was compiled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.That Putin has intense hatred for the Clintons is not news, nor is it among the more salacious...
  • Russia tired of hacking Witch Hunt

    03/09/2017 7:58:38 PM PST · by NewBalanceCADI · 11 replies
    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow was tired of the accusations. He said a report released by US intelligence agencies detailing the allegations was groundless.
  • Jon Huntsman Accepts Trump Offer To Be Ambassador To Russia

    03/09/2017 12:42:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | March 9, 2017 | Randy DeSoto
    Once called on Trump to drop out of the presidential raceFormer Utah Governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman accepted an offer on Wednesday from President Donald Trump to be the United States’ next ambassador to Russia. Huntsman served as ambassador to China under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011 and was ambassador to Singapore in the early 1990s under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The former presidential candidate endorsed Donald Trump for the office in April of last year days before the billionaire businessman won enough delegates to secure the nomination. In October, Huntsman withdrew...
  • FISA-gate: The New York Times Revises History in Real Time

    03/09/2017 9:26:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2017 | Andrew McCarthy
    Now that the media-Democrat complex has been caught in its own web, there is some serious skullduggery underway. It’s revisionist history, Soviet style. You know, the kind where the bad stuff gets “disappeared.” The New York Times is disappearing its claim that Obama investigated Trump. For four months, the mainstream press was very content to have Americans believe — indeed, they encouraged Americans to believe — that a vigorous national-security investigation of the Trump presidential campaign was ongoing. “A counterintelligence investigation,” the New York Times called it. As I contended in a column this weekend, it was essential for...
  • Former top spy chief: 'No evidence' Trump campaign aides recruited by Russia

    03/09/2017 6:19:39 AM PST · by detective · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 9, 2017 | BRIAN ROSS, JAMES GORDON MEEK and MATTHEW MOSK
    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told ABC News he did not see anything to suggest that Russia successfully infiltrated Donald Trump’s presidential campaign or recruited any of Trump’s advisers – at least as of Jan. 20, when the retired three-star general left office. "There was no evidence whatsoever, at the time, of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians," Clapper, a career intelligence officer, told ABC News' Brian Ross in an interview Monday for "World News Tonight." The Clapper comments came amid a fight between the Trump administration and the FBI over the wiretapping claim the President...
  • Hannity CONFIRMS Obama Court Order & WIRETAPPING Donald Trump Tower | Hannity 3/8/17 | Fox News

    03/09/2017 6:08:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Fox News via youtube ^ | 3-8-2017 | Hannity
    Published on Mar 8, 2017 Hannity CONFIRMS Obama FISA order and WIRETAPPING Donald Trump Tower | Hannity 3/8/17 | Fox News Sara Carter Circa News interview on Hannity on Fox News on March 8, 2017 3/8/17 and provides proof of Obama Administration Wiretapping Spying by FBI and NSA on President Donald Trump Trump Tower Hannity Sara Carter ATTACKS Media over Obama Wiretapping on President Donald Trump | Hannity 3/8/17 Mark Levin PROVES Obama Wiretapping on President Donald Trump | Fox & Friends 3/8/17 Trump Tower Wiretap
  • Did the New York Times already tell us Trump was ‘wiretapped’?

    03/08/2017 9:20:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 8, 2017 | John Crudele
    The New York Times has a dilemma. Like every other newspaper, the Times characterized as baseless President Trump’s recent accusation that his campaign was wiretapped. Or, more precisely, the paper said that Trump didn’t provide any evidence of the alleged wiretapping. Fair enough. Trump didn’t give any proof. He just sent out one of his infamous tweets. But does that mean he’s wrong? I’ll get back to that. The reason the Times has a dilemma is that, on Jan. 20, the paper ran a front page story with the headline “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides.” There were...
  • CIA Reveals New Rules for Collecting Data on Americans – Also Shares Millions of Secret Documents

    03/08/2017 7:53:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies ^ | Jan 19, 2017 | Rafia Shaikh
    CIA publishes nearly 13 million pages online - also updates rules on data collectionThe US intelligence agencies are finally grasping the fact that their handling of data could use a little update now and then. The Central Intelligence Agency has unveiled revised procedures for collecting, analyzing, storing, and sharing information on American citizens. While the new guidelines further confirm how easier it is for the agencies to collect large volumes of data under Executive Order 12333, it is the first time that the agency has published these rules in full.Secret CIA documents along with new rules are now available to...
  • Franken: Jeff Sessions Committed Perjury

    03/08/2017 6:42:58 PM PST · by Angels27 · 50 replies
    RCP ^ | 3-8-17 | Ian Scwartz
    Sen. Al. Franken tells CNN's Jake Tapper he thinks Attorney General Jeff Sessions committed perjury when he failed to mention to him his contacts with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearings. JAKE TAPPER, CNN 'THE LEAD' HOST: So, yesterday, Attorney General Sessions sent a letter defending what he told you during his confirmation hearing. Just to bring our viewers back to what this is about, your question talked about the story CNN broke at that moment about whether there may have been contacts between Trump campaign advisors and Russians known to U.S. intelligence and whether U.S. intelligence had been...
  • Russian Military Expert: 'We Are Quietly Seeding The U.S. Shoreline With Nuclear Mole Missiles'

    03/08/2017 4:40:00 PM PST · by ExSoldier · 104 replies
    Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | March 8, 2017 | Special Dispatch No.6818
    "Our Asymmetrical Response Is Nuclear Warheads" "The U.S. is the permanent 'world champion' in the size of its military budget – almost $600 billion, which is 10 times more than Russias. Even if we add together the military budgets of the top ten countries in the world, they would not reach the American budget! Now it turns out that even that is not enough for Donald Trump. He intends to increase defense expenditure by $54 billion. This money would be enough to maintain five Polish armies. Or 10 Ukrainian ones. "The American public is already grumbling at Trump, who prefers...
  • Jon Huntsman to be Russia ambassador

    03/08/2017 3:05:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/08/2017 | By Samuel Chamberlain
    Former Utah governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr. has accepted President Trump's offer to be the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Fox News has confirmed. Sources told Fox that Trump called Huntsman Monday to offer him the job. If confirmed, Huntsman would head to Moscow at a time when relations between the U.S. and Russia have reached a low point in the post-Cold War era. Hunstman's acceptance also ends speculation about a possible primary challenge against Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is up for re-election next year. Huntsman previously served as U.S. Ambassador to China between 2009 and 2011,...
  • FBI probe of Donald Trump and Russia during election yielded no evidence of crimes

    03/08/2017 2:38:35 PM PST · by AJFavish · 13 replies
    Circa ^ | March 8, 2017 | John Solomon and Sara Carter
    Intelligence sources say that the FBI investigated a computer tied Donald Trump's business but there's no evidence to date that would warrant criminal charges against any of the president’s associates. The months-long FBI counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign briefly investigated a computer server tied to Donald Trump's businesses near the end of the election but has not gathered evidence of election tampering to date that would warrant criminal charges against any of the president’s associates, Circa has learned.
  • 'Russia practically mediating between NATO members US & Turkey over Syria'

    03/08/2017 2:08:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    RT ^ | 03/07/2017 | Ammar Waqqaf
    he Russians wouldn’t want the Turks to choose between Russia and the US; they’d want to bring the US on their side to have a bigger coalition so that instead of competing they could collaborate, said political analyst and Middle East expert Ammar Waqqaf. Russia's Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov has taken part in a surprise meeting with counterparts from Turkey and the US in the Turkish city of Antalya. The focus of the discussion was on security issues in Syria and Iraq, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed...
  • US general says Russia has deployed banned missile

    03/08/2017 12:39:26 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 53 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 8 Mar 2017 | Robert Burns
    WASHINGTON — A senior U.S. general on Wednesday accused Russia of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of "the spirit and intent" of a nuclear arms treaty and charged that Moscow's intention is to threaten U.S. facilities in Europe and the NATO alliance. "We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility," Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Didn’t Register As A ‘Foreign Agent’ When He Represented A Bank With Ties To

    03/08/2017 10:30:38 AM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies ^ | 3/7/17 | Richard Pollock
    Full title............................EXCLUSIVE: Podesta Didn’t Register As A ‘Foreign Agent’ When He Represented A Bank With Ties To Russian Spy Agencies........................Democratic super lobbyist Tony Podesta failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) when he agreed to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank. Sberbank allegedly has close ties to Russia’s intelligence services, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned. Marc Raimondi, the national security spokesman at the Department of Justice, confirmed to TheDCNF that Sberbank never registered with the department under FARA. It did not directly register nor was it registered through any other agency such as the...
  • Did the NYT really report that Trump’s aides were the target of wiretaps? Here's a likely scenario

    03/08/2017 6:50:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/08/2017 | AllahPundit
    This is a worth a post given how much confusion there was about it on conservative Twitter last night. It began with this tweet from NYT writer Matthew Rosenberg, insisting that his paper never reported that Trump or members his campaign had been wiretapped. To Be Clear: The @nytimes never reported Trump campaign was wiretapped. Stories about “intercepted” comms never said whose comms intercepted— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) March 6, 2017 Hold up. Wasn’t … this the front page of the Times on the morning of the inauguration?Indeed it was. Focus on the second sentence of Rosenberg’s tweet, though: He’s...
  • ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Russia Bars Children Under 16 From Seeing Film Over Gay Character

    03/07/2017 3:28:49 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 35 replies
    Variety ^ | 3/7/17 | Leo Barraclough
    Children in Russia will be barred from watching Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast” due to its inclusion of a gay character. Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky has imposed a 16+ rating on the film after it was alleged that the film contravened the country’s law prohibiting “gay propaganda” aimed at minors. The rating is now prominently displayed on Disney’s Russian website.
  • Russia-Trump Campaign Collusion Narrative Disintegrating

    03/07/2017 5:44:42 AM PST · by detective · 18 replies
    Frontpage ^ | March 7, 2017 | Joseph Klein
    In his “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reaffirmed the conclusion reached in a report regarding Russian influence on the presidential election, prepared during his watch by the intelligence services and the FBI. They concluded that there was no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump or his campaign and the Russian government to influence the presidential election in President Trump’s favor. Mr. Clapper said: “We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, ‘our,’ that's N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that...